Hello, friends! I am struggling hardcore with some writer’s block at the moment, and need to take a break from writing my Among the Fireflies short story series, so I thought I revamp my gaming section here on the blog, and tell you all about a few of the games that that I have been completely addicted to lately!I recently upgraded from a Samsung Galaxy S3, to an S5, so I can finally have more than 2-3 games on my phone at a time. Stop laughing at me.
No repeats from last time, I promise! Both of these apps are free-to-play (because I’m poor), but do have the option for in-game purchases, if you so choose.
Let’s just jump right in!
1) Love Nikki Dress Up Queen
This is a big one, you guys. I know I said there would be no repeats from my last list, and while this isn’t technically a repeat, it is another large, popular dress up game, which I know is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, it is my cup of tea. But this isn’t just any dress up game, this is the best dress up game out there. Hands down. In Love Nikki Dress Up Queen, created by ELEX Wireless, you follow the story of a young woman named Nikki, who has found herself in another world, called Miraland, where people compete against one another in styling competitions. Yes, you read that right, but stick with me.
Nikki, accompanied by her sassy cat, Momo, must battle against the other inhabitants of Miraland by dressing in themed outfits, build their wardrobe, and find out more about the current turmoil happening throughout the Miraland kingdoms. Along the way, you’ll make enemies, but you’ll also make allies, such as Lunar, Bobo, and Bai Jinjin, and Kimi, who add to the story’s dramatic, though often silly, dialogue.
Okay, so the story is a bit… odd, I’ll give you that. The original script for the game is translated from Japanese, so sometimes, the things the characters are saying make little to no sense, but if you’re not super invested in the crazy storyline, then it shouldn’t bother you at all. However, the game boasts more than just a strange, intricate plot. The art in this game is bananas, you guys. It’s absolutely stunning. The care, detail, and history that goes into every piece of clothing, every hairstyle, and every character in this game is phenomenal, and if you follow the team on Facebook or Reddit, they will periodically give information and lessons on certain pieces that they’ve implemented in the game. It’s really cool.
Aside from advancing through the levels, there are loads of other things to do in Miraland. You can compete in weekly, ranked themed challenges against thousands of other players, where others vote to choose the best outfits, and give you the chance win gold, diamonds, and tokens to buy exclusive items. There are also ranked 1v1 battles against other players, which reset weekly, and can win you coins to buy additional crafting recipes and supplies. If battles aren’t for you, then maybe you’ll love one of the newest features to be added into Love Nikki, which is being able to design your own dream home, and visit the homes of other random people in the game, or the homes of your friends.
As I mentioned before, the game is free, but there are a lot of ways to spend money. You can buy “recharges” to bring up your VIP level, which unlocks discounts, and exclusive sets and items, and you can also buy exclusive sets, and retired event sets, from the store if you were unable to win them via an in-game event (there’s currently a racing themed event happening, and I know for a fact I won’t be able to collect the entire set). Some sets are easy to acquire through the various in-game events, but some are nearly impossible without spending money, and that does suck.
If I had a single, real complaint about the game, it’s that they try to do to much at once. There are often several events and sales happening at the same time, which can be confusing, and often hard to complete. Although you have the option to collapse some of the items on your screen, even when you do, the screen is still quite cluttered with buttons for the shop, for events, and for sales, which can can be a bit of headache (see image).
Overall, Love Nikki Dress Up Queen is bizarre, beautiful, massively popular, and well deserving of praise. It can be competitive, addicting, relaxing, or all three, depending on how you choose to play personally, and it’s been a part of my day, every day, for months now. If you’re into fashion, culture, and story driven dress up games, then I highly recommend Love Nikki Dress Up Queen!
2) The Sims Mobile
A classic! Like most millennials, and so many others, I grew up playing The Sims games, and I see no reason to stop just because I’m a grown woman. While I still have The Sims 3 installed on my computer, I really enjoy the convenience that the The Sims Mobile offers. If you’re used to the extreme levels of customization and open-ended freedom that The Sims games have always given you, and that’s an absolute dealbreaker for you, then you just might want to skip this one, friend, and that’s okay. However, with that being said, I really do enjoy the app for what it is, even as a hardcore fan of the console and PC versions of the hit games.
In The Sims Mobile, a game by EA, you can create your own Sim, meet and socialize with other Sims (both NPCs and actual players), get married, have babies (Note: babies, children, and teens are all unplayable, and you can only play an adult child Sim if you purchase an additional character slot), enjoy a few different hobbies, work your butt off in a career of your choosing for very little money, attend and host parties, create unique articles of clothing with bonus attributes and cool visual effects, complete daily checklists and special quests for items that can be used to buy clothing, as well as deck out your home with snazzy items from a list collections. It’s pretty similar to what can do in the game’s predecessors, just… on a much smaller scale (I mean, it is free, and for your phone, so I guess I can’t complain too much).
Aside from your own home, there are four other locations that you can explore. Each location takes a certain level, and a certain amount of simoleons, to unlock, and has a central, outdoor section, where you can participate in special events, as well as a handful of buildings, where you can pursuit new careers. Each career comes with its own set of unlockable clothing items and outfits, items for your home, as well as items for your workplace, which can all help you out both at home and at work.
One issue I have with careers, aside from how boring and time consuming they are, is that if you have a household with more than one Sim in it, no two Sims can work at the same place. So, if you are wanting to roleplay about two hardworking, sexy doctors, who meet at the hospital, and work together every day, then… well, you’re out of luck. This also goes for the hobbies in the game (cooking, guitar, writing, painting, etc.) only one Sim can be in a particular hobby at a time, which is a little annoying.
Probably my favorite feature in the game is the ability to host and attend parties, which can get you simoleons, tokens, and energy restoring items if you level your party up high enough by interacting with guests and party items. You can host one party per week in your own home, and can only hold certain parties on weeks where something special has happened, i.e. a birthday or a wedding, and at no other time, which can be frustrating when you mistakenly get married at the end of the week, after you’ve already thrown a party, and can’t hold a wedding party. Oops. Other parties include foodie parties, concert parties, and a few others, but some can only be hosted when you’ve reached a certain point in a certain career or hobby.
You can also attend two parties a day at the residents of other players’ Sims, which can net you some pretty great items as well, and help you build relationships. I like this feature because it seems to be the only way in the game to visit and interact with houses created by other players, and it’s a good way to get ideas for your own home, and to just marvel in the creativity of other players in the game. There is also a party chat window when you host or attend a party, which no one really seems to use, but that can give you the opportunity to praise another player on their design choices.
Overall, The Sims Mobile is not perfect, but it is fun, and a great way to relax, and let your creative, home renovation juices flow. If you were a fan of the earlier games in The Sims series, or you just love cute simulation games, then you might want to check this one out. But as I said before, if you’re searching for a massive, open-ended simulation game, where you can live out all of your specific dreams and fantasies, then The Sims Mobile probably isn’t what you’re looking for.
Thanks for reading, friends! Let me know if you want to see more gaming app reviews in the future, as I really enjoy doing them, and would like to make this a regular thing. I’m also looking for a more permanent, fun title for it.
Also, let me know of any games you think I should play and review! Thanks!